The Main Rector listens to young victims of human trafficking
The X Successor of Don Bosco, Don Angel Fernandez Artime, made a visit to the Salesian Centre that gives shelter to children and young victims of human trafficking. The Child protection Centre is located in Tema, near Ashaiman and the capital, Accra. there he was able to hear the testimonies and share time with 26 children and teens. this center was inaugurated in 2014 by his express request to devote body and sould to the young people in need who challenge us with their suffering cries.
Since the moment the center opened its doors, 153 traffiched children and teenagers have passed through this center. Don Angel Fernandez could talk to 26 of them, as the rest had been handed over to their families of origin or to some families who can take care of them.
To this Salesian center is where the police usually takes children and youth who have found in the trafficking process. Sometimes in the middle of a road, in a raid; sometimes because there is suspicion of sexual trafficking ...
When the Main Rector reached the center, he was greeted by 10 children in a welcoming ritual from Ghana. Two girls, dressed in costumes, carried a pumpkin with welcoming water. Don Angel could enjoy the typical dances and some very nice welcoming words.
The meeting with the children who live in the center was very moving. Don Angel was touched by the story of Angela, a girl responsible for delivering the welcome painting made by the children of the center. In his Facelbook page Don Angel published: "My heart is softened, especially when I find out that this little girl was rescued in a raid when she was going to be 'used', to extract her vital organs and die".
"God continues to speak to us in front of so much pain. That awakens in me a stronger commitment yet in favor of the most disadvantaged, marginalized
and exploited children and young people."
One of the activities carried out in the Child Protection Centre is to increase the awareness and information about the risks of illegal migration. The missionaires perform this task through interviews with those who survived the migratory journeys and are now back in their communities, through documentaries and radio spots, press releases, forums and debates in rural areas.
The Office of Planning and Development of the Province and the Youth Network of Don Bosco, in collaboration with the Salesian Missions, VIS and Don Bosco in Turin, are reaching thousands of young people, raising awareness of the many forms of fraud, trafficking and exploitation of those who venture into such voyages; and at the same time report on the possibilities of existing development in Ghana.
Source: Misiones Salesianas